Mango to appear in next two weeks

Microsoft’s Mango update to Windows Phone should be hitting users’ handsets in the next two weeks, the company has confirmed.

“For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update — and making solid progress,” says Microsoft’s general manager for customer experience engineering on the company blog.

“As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two. At that time, we’ll also refresh the Where’s My Phone Update? table to reflect the worldwide rollout status.”

Microsoft has high hopes that Mango – aka Windows Phone 7.5 – will help it gain traction against Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android.

It allows users to organize contacts into groups and switch easily between apps, and incorporates a unified inbox and Skype support.

Windows Phone has had a less-than-glittering career so far, with only 2.4 percent of the mobile OS market, according to figures from ComTech.

Hautala’s urging users to be patient.

“During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone — and apps — work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5,” he says.

“Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.”

The timing is great news for Nokia, which will now be able to start offering its first Windows Phone handsets next month after dumping its own Symbian platform.